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Most commercial cleaning products are full of harsh and even dangerous chemicals. For people who have allergies, illnesses, or simply those who want a healthy and environmentally conscious home, here are some simple recipes for do-it-yourself green cleaning.

Laundry detergent

Making your own laundry detergent is perfect for people with High Efficiency washing machines. They need a certain kind of detergent with low suds because less water is used for each cycle. For homemade detergent, grate one bar of soap, either laundry or hand, in a food processor or with a hand grater. Mix grated soap flakes with half a cup of Borax and half a cup of washing soda, NOT baking soda. Add three tablespoons of the detergent to laundry loads.

Hardwood Floor Cleaner

Hardwood floors do not get proper cleaning and shine in most products on the market. Instead, use boiled tea to get a natural and fresh scent with a brilliant shine. Put three black tea bags in a mop bucket and add boiling water to get the floor cleaning solution.

Carpeted floor cleaner

Sprinkle baking soda all over the carpet and let it sit there for thirty minutes before vacuuming it up. Baking soda will get deep into the fibers and clean further than your vacuüm alone can. To create a yummy scent, poke holes in the baking soda box and add a few drops of essential oil to it. Shake the box up before covering the carpet.

Toilet bowl cleaner

Toilet bowl cleaners are expensive and do not effectively get rings out of the toilet. Instead, pour half a cup of baking soda, half a cup of white vinegar, and a couple drops of a phosphate-free dish soap into the bowl. Scrub as usual.

Dishwasher detergent

Like toilet bowl cleaners, dishwasher detergents are expensive and do not always do a great job of cleaning dishes. Often dishes are left spotty or with crusted food. To avoid this, combine two cups of Borax, two cups of washing soda, one cup of kosher salt, and 10 packages of unsweetened lemonade. Add one tablespoon to every dishwasher load.

All purpose cleaner

This all-purpose cleaner is safe for many cleaning uses. Put a funnel in the top of a spray bottle to add these ingredients: one teaspoon of washing soda, two teaspoons of Borax, half a cup of white vinegar, half a teaspoon of dish soap, and two cups of hot water. Shake the spray bottle before each use to mix the ingredients.

Air freshener

Aerosol air fresheners are extremely bad for both your health and the environment. Use of aerosol air fresheners is linked to cancer. Instead, pour water into a plastic spray bottle. Add a few drops of essential oil, either homemade or purchased, and spray the mixture in the air. It leaves an authentic flower smell and does not harm your health or the environment.

Making green cleaning products allows you to know exactly what ingredients are going into your cleaning products. They often do a better job of cleaning than commercial products and are safer for the home and environment.

 

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.